Today, I’m going to talk about my picks for the best basketball shoes for flat feet.
If you’re one of those people who experiences this – you damn well know how tough it can be to not only live a quality, active life but also specifically for basketball. It’s tough to actually find a shoe that would cater to players with this condition.
IT’S TOUGH TO FIND FLAT FOOTER-FRIENDLY SHOES
I’ve noticed the market does have shoes that work very well for flat footers but the problem is – these aren’t marketed in such ways, so people have simply no idea what to look for.
This is exactly why I’m making the list – having a few friends who battle this, I did my best to compile a list of the five best shoes for flat footers. All five shoes are also solid all-around performers on the court, so I’ve made sure you’re not just grabbing any random shoe that feels good for a flat foot.
Be sure to check the very end of the post – I will be giving you some bonus tips!
List last updated on the 18th of March, 2021
#6 – UNDER ARMOUR TEAM DRIVE 4
A continuation from the original Clutchfit Drive line, the 2017’s Team Drive 4 does a damn good job carrying the legacy. It’s a solid, budget-friendly, and overall well-rounded shoe.
Now, of course, we’re looking for criteria that would make a flat footer’s day on the court as comfortable and as less painful as possible – and the Team Drive 4 accomplishes that.
MicroG cushioning in the midfoot and heel returns and it’s awesome – you ride low and responsive but it’s still very comfortable, stable, and provides adept impact protection. It’s almost an ideal setup for a flat foot – you’re stable and secure but also very comfortable as the midsole molds to your foot, making the experience seamless.
On top of that, there’s an integrated midfoot to heel plate for extra stability and support, plus a heel counter and stand-out Achilles support – your foot is going nowhere with these.
An excellent entry-level model for those who don’t want to spend too much but still looking to accommodate their constant flat foot troubles.
#5 – AIR JORDAN XXXII
I am not honestly a huge Air Jordan rocker when it comes to basketball but I couldn’t deny the AJ XXXII’s capabilities and what it offers to people with flat feet.
We got Zoom Air cushion units in the forefoot and heel areas and it’s one of the most stable experiences I’ve had in a while.
Everything, the way the setup is contained, the wide and relatively flat base of the shoe, a large and actually functional outrigger, an aggressive heel cup, and overall foot support without making it feel like you’re inside steel armor makes this a top contender for someone who’s struggling to find a good balance between a flat foot compatible shoe and a shoe that actually performs very well.
Yeah, the price tag isn’t going to be the most friendly when it comes to AJ but if you’re up to it – expect a very stable, supportive, secure, and comfortable experience when the shoe breaks in and adapts to your foot.
#4 – ADIDAS D.O.N. ISSUE #1
Adidas seems to not be stopping any time soon with their all-around killer performers at a great price and the D.O.N. Issue #1, Donovan Mitchell’s first signature shoe, does not steer away from the hot streak of awesomeness.
The reason I’ve specifically picked these for a flat footer is because of their amazing support and overall security implementations. Again, it seems like it surely caters towards people with less traditional foot shapes but that is nowhere to be marketed or even mentioned, which is a shame.
So, we got a very wide and flat base of the shoe, which is something that already does 50% of the work to make the experience for a flat footer more comfortable. BOUNCE cushioning is here to amaze us once again with the perfect blend between bounce & impact protection and responsiveness & stability.
Lastly, the sculpted midsole along with a heel counter and awesome torsional & lateral support makes this feel one hell of a secure ride.
Highly recommended if you’re looking for a flat foot-friendly model that does not sacrifice comfort, support, and how awesome the ride feels overall. The newer D.O.N. Mitchell #2 is a great all-around budget shoe as well for those who are interested but I’d give the nod to the first shoe as a better fit for flat footers.
#3 – ADIDAS CRAZY EXPLOSIVE 2017
I might be a little biased since the Crazy Explosive 2017 is easily one of my all-time favorite hoop shoes but it also happens to be an excellent choice for hoopers frustrated with their flat foot nightmares.
Full-length BOOST cushioning is at its full glory on the CE 2017 and it really shows. An extremely fun ride that is also responsive and does not feel like you’re slower or bulky.
It’s contained very nicely in the midsole – pair that with an almost flat and wide base, amazing support (even on the Primeknit upper version) and, most importantly, adaptiveness to your foot shape thanks to the materials, and you got yourself a top contender amongst the best basketball shoes for flat feet.
#2 – AIR JORDAN 34
A surprise that came out of nowhere for me personally – the AJ XXXIV happens to be one of the greatest performance basketball shoes of recent years AND I think it’s currently among the best options for a flat footer as well.
To cap things off, Zoom Air cushion is implemented and along with many other shoe testers, I’ve come to the conclusion that I simply can’t find a better implementation of ZOOM cushion anywhere else.
Now, is it the best cushioning setup ever in general? I’m really not sure, I’d have to really sit and think about it. What impressed me so much is just how balanced the ride felt, which is something my friend that has a pretty bad case of plantar fasciitis also stated.
My cuts, lands, jumps, and changes of direction felt just as amazingly plushy and explosive, as they felt super stable, contained, and responsive. It does take a few days to break-in the shoe’s upper and the cushion units to achieve the optimal experience but when they peaked – the foot molded to the midsole and the ride is amazing.
On top of that, we have a very prominent heel counter that cups your Achilles really well, there’s a torsional plate implemented which is critical for flat footers and AJ’s so-called Pebax chassis ensures that the fit is extremely secure, which is crazy since the shoe’s upper is mainly woven.
Hats off to Air Jordan this time – they truly outdid themselves after a streak of “fairly good” models. Seems that that’s history now.
Flat footers, wide footers, or anyone looking for a quality basketball shoe – this is the one.
#1 – AIR JORDAN 35
The AJ 35 is a direct continuation of where the AJ 34 left off. I’d rather called it Air Jordan 34.5 but in this particular case – I’m really not mad for not reworking the shoe from the ground up. There was simply not much to improve since the 34 is so good.
However, a couple of tweaks were made those, in particular, make this an even better option for those with flat feet, in my opinion.
Firstly, the shoe underwent material changes: a mix of new-school and old-school now makes up the build. You can go with a leather & textile combo or a suede & textile combo and both feel & perform very similarly.
The upper now has a bit more structure, so overall foot containment felt even better without adding any more bulk or weight. In fact, the Jordan 35 actually felt lighter to play in.
The slightly tweaked cushion setup had to do with this: this particular Zoom Air felt just a tad bit firmer & faster than what’s found on the AJ 34. It’s still bouncy and responsive, just a bit quicker feeling for those who perhaps found the AJ 34’s setup too soft.
Lastly, we now have an absolutely huge midfoot shank that runs from heel to toe and AJ calls it the Eclipse Plate 2.0. So for flat footers who need the absolute maximum torsional support & rigidity, the beefier shank plate found on the AJ 35 is a solid step up.
The rest of the shoe stays true to the previous model: the same fantastic traction, the same all-around security, a comfortable fit, and the same price range, bumping up retail from $175 to $180.
PERFORMANCE INSOLES FOR FLAT FEET?
Now for the bonus part. There’s been a fairly new wave of performance insoles that are supposed to correct issues such as flat feet or simply to add extra cushion if your shoe lacks it.
I’ve made a list of my picks for the best insoles for your basketball sneakers and they are definitely worth it if you know what they’re for.
Are they the #1 solution for flat feet? I don’t think so.
The extra bulk under your foot does feel present and most of the insoles aren’t really catered towards correcting foot conditions.
They’re more for enhancing performance (mainly cushioning and comfort) which they do accomplish, provided you get yourself a quality product and there’s some space left for inside your shoe to prevent an uncomfortable experience.
If you’re interested in the concept of aftermarket insoles, check out my list of the best insoles in the market!
That is it for today, I truly hope you enjoyed and found the list useful! If you got any questions, suggestions or just want to have a chat,